This Week – 12 November 2021

The weather might be cooling down, but opportunities to witness extraordinary feats of circus (or create your own world-class circus act) are heating up!


***Stay safe, and know before you go! Be sure to check out each venue’s Covid safety regulations prior to attending in-person events.

November 12

  • Visit The Yards (301 Water Street SE) for the return of Side Yards, an evening of open-air performances featuring jugglers, magicians, contortionists, aerialists, fortune tellers and more! Their event page describes these talents as ‘unusual,’ but if you’ve lived in the DMV for a bit, you know these habits are the ‘predictably exquisite’ practices of our proudly bizarre circus community. Comedic aerial duo Forever Marzipan will be making an appearance, so don’t miss it! The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

November 14

  • If you’re ready for a salaciously stellar line-up of burlesque artists to excite and enchant you, look no further than That Sunday Show, presented by HoneyBee Burlesque at 6 p.m. at The Lodge in Boonsboro, Md. Performers include Bearcat Betty, Delilah Dentata, Lipstick Lamarr, and more! This show is for ages 21+. Get tickets at this link.
  • UpSpring Studio presents In The Witch’s Woods, a heart-chilling tale of a lonely witch who uses magic to make friends. Catch their latest acts of sling, fabric and trapeze as you discover which mysterious characters inhabit the woods. This show is also part of a filmed production that will debut on December 5. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Joe’s Movement Emporium. Get tickets at this link.
  • Omnium: A Bold New Circus will present a special performance at Gallaudet University‘s Elstad Auditorium at 4 p.m. While this circus’s tour at Tysons has been postponed, they are excited to share some of their talented performers on Sunday, including two deaf performers: Bailey Ann Vincent, a ballerina, and Anna Gichen, an acrobat and dancer. RSVP to if you’re interested in attending, as seats are limited.


November & December

November 16


December 4

  • If you missed the Gold Over America Tour during its trek across the U.S., fear not! The show will be livestreamed at 4 p.m. EST. This show goes far beyond an exhibition of elite gymnastics, delving into themes of empowerment, social media, mental health and positive body image in a series of electrifying routines. Buy a general admission ticket for 24 hours of video playback, or purchase a VIP ticket for access to a chatroom with Simone Biles and others. Get tickets at this link.


  • The Atlas Intersections Festival will return to H Street from February 24 to March 6, 2022, presenting an array of performances that explore the ideas and issues of our time. Categories include movement, sound, story and family performances. Apply by December 10 at 5 p.m. As a former producer of an Intersections show, I highly recommend this festival to anyone seeking an opportunity to mount their work in a circus-friendly environment that covers many of your major costs. View the application at this link.
  • Circadium is now accepting applications for Fall 2022 students. Visit this link to fill out the application for this three-year program, designed to bolster your movement and performance skills and prepare you for a professional career in circus arts The deadline to apply is January 31, 2022. 
  • Circus artists who identify as persons of color living in the U.S. can now apply for CSAW‘s December $1,000 microgrant (deadline is Nov. 15). You can also consider applying for the upcoming tuition grant ($5,000), which can be used for any circus education related expenses. Find more information at this link.



November 13

  • In-person tickets to the 2021 Circadium Gala, happening from 7-10 p.m., are currently sold out, but you can still snag a virtual ticket (to view the live entertainment from the comfort of your own home) and participate in the online silent auction to support the first and only diploma-granting institution of higher education for circus artists in the United States. Visit this link to donate and get a virtual ticket.


November 14

November 17

November 18

  • The Fairfax Jugglers will meet on Thursdays from 7:30-10 p.m. in the Key Middle School cafeteria. Visitors must wear masks and sign a liability waiver. If you would like to help with the club’s newly required insurance expenses, email

Photo from the Palace of Wonders © 2008 by craig.